Is Your Jaw Causing You Discomfort? Learn More About TMD

Do you hear a popping sound when you open and close your mouth? Do you feel tenderness and discomfort in your jaw after opening your mouth wide, for example after eating a big meal. You might be suffering from the effects of TMD, or temporomandibular disorder. TMD is an issue that can arise from problems with the jaw joints and face muscles. When the temporomandibular joint, which is the hinge that attaches your jaw to your skull, becomes misaligned, it can lead to discomfort and leave lasting effects.

How Stress Can Affect Your Oral Health

Are you feeling a sense of unease or stress in your life that you have never experienced before? It is safe to say that the past year has been rather difficult. Life for many has been in a constant state of change, including working from home, students learning virtually, travel restrictions, among many other hardships. You may be aware of the physical and mental difficulties that can arise from added stress in your life, but do you know that your oral health is at risk as well? Continue reading to learn about oral conditions that can arise from added stress in your daily life.

Act Early When It Comes To Jaw Pain

We often take our health for granted until something doesn’t work properly or we are in pain. Swallowing and opening and closing your mouth are everyday activities — facilitated by the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) — that you probably don’t even think about. Your TMJ is the hinge that connects your jaw to your skull. When this joint becomes inflamed, it causes pain in your jaw as well as your face, neck and head, and makes eating and speaking difficult. This disorder is known as TMD, or temporomandibular disorder. It can affect your ability to do simple things such as talk, chew, and yawn.

Do You Have Facial Pain Or Headaches?

Like most of us, you may be thinking more about your health and what you can do to stay well. Now is a good time to address any issues that have been bothering you or causing pain. We see patients who complain of jaw pain, facial pain and headaches. Do you or someone you know suffer from these symptoms? If so, we have a solution to help you live pain free. Read more to find out about treatment for temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD.

Can You Relate?

I have patients who tell me they are experiencing unexplained pain in their jaw, face, neck and shoulders. They don’t know what could be causing it, and don’t know who to ask for help.

When I tell them they are most likely suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) and that I can treat their symptoms, they are relieved to know there is a solution for their discomfort. Can you identify with any of these symptoms? Click here to learn more about the common symptoms of TMD.

Do You Suffer From Migraine Headaches?

If you suffer from migraine headaches, no one needs to tell you how debilitating and painful they can be. Like many others who experience these painful headaches, you may have lost time from work and had to miss family outings and other important life events while you stay at home until the pain has passed. Migraines can have a variety of causes, but you may be surprised to learn about one unexpected cause. Read on to learn more.

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Do you awaken to sore or stiff jaw muscles?

Has this happened to you before? You open your mouth and you hear a snap, crackle, and pop, But it’s not coming from a bowl of Rice Krispies. It’s happened before and you thought it would go away. But it hasn’t. Do you awaken to sore or stiff jaw muscles? You’ve tried to figure out the problem, but you can’t. There’s something that can cause either of those problems. I can help you find relief. Take the TMJ Risk Quiz Take our quick, 15 second quiz to discover your risk level for TMJ Disorder and begin living a pain free…

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Why Suffer From Jaw Pain?

You wake up to excruciating jaw pain — again. You think about what your day has in store and cringe. How will you interact with co-workers, clients, and even the Starbucks barista when it physically hurts you to smile? If this scenario is familiar, you may have a problem with your TMD. The temporomandibular joint connects your lower jaw to your upper. When this joint becomes inflamed or irritated, it results in TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder. For some, TMD pain can be debilitating, preventing them from enjoying social situations. The following symptoms are the most common: Facial swelling Jaw…

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A Transformation You Won’t Believe

One of the best parts of being a dentist is merging art and science to change a person’s life. It may sound extreme to suggest that dentistry is life-changing, but when a patient is so self-conscious about their smile that they avoid talking, laughing, photographs, or social situations altogether, a cosmetic dental treatment can quite literally change how they interact from day to day. Maybe you can relate to this personally or know someone else who has had a similar experience and might benefit from a cosmetic treatment. Recently, one of my patients was selected by Paisley Magazine to participate…

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Got Jaw Pain?

Do you ever experience unexplainable jaw pain? Maybe headaches that just don’t seem to go away? Do you hear a clicking or popping sound in your jaw when you speak or eat? Worst of all, do you ever find your jaw locked or limited in movement? Don’t despair; even if other medical professionals haven’t been able to find the source of your pain, I just might be able to help. Here’s how: The Culprit – The TMJ The source of these symptoms could very well be your temporomandibular joint – or TMJ. When the jaw joint is misaligned and the…

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TMJ Disorder (TMD)

What can cause TMJ (TMD)? grinding or clenching your teeth, which puts a lot of pressure on the joint movement of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket of the joint stress, which can cause you to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench teeth injury to your jaw, joint, or muscles of your head and neck a bad bite or poorly positioned teeth It has been recognized that approximately 90% of the pain in the body comes from muscles. Since the muscles of the head and neck are all related to or affected by the bite…

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Bite Disease Treatment for TMJ Disorder versus Botox

I am sure a lot of you have seen advertisements or articles on treating TMJ disorder with Botox. While both methods can be used to reduce or eliminate pain, I want to take this opportunity to talk about the differences between the two methods. Botulinum toxin, known as Botox, is a manufactured injectable medication used therapeutically to reduce the strength of targeted muscle tissue. The FDA approved the use of botulinum toxin as a first line treatment for chronic migraine in February 2011. It takes the toxin approximately 2 hours to bind to the nerve and approximately 2-10 days from…